Completed Projects

Oakridge Woodsmoke Mitigation

Local climate and topography make the area around Oakridge, Oregon, prone to wintertime temperature inversions, low wind speeds and poor atmospheric dispersion that translates into poor air quality during the winter months when many residents use wood stoves as their primary source of heat. Poor air quality disproportionately impacts the most vulnerable in the community […]

Poverty Reduction Task Force

An Oregon Solutions team of PSU students and volunteers led by National Policy Consensus Center Senior Fellow Beverly Stein provided facilitation and consulting services during the early phases of the Oregon Business Council’s Poverty Reduction Task Force in cooperation with ECO Northwest. The task force developed an integrated framework to address poverty that included the […]

Cedar Mill Creek Flood Remediation Collaborative

Cedar Mill Creek and its major tributary North Johnson Creek drain a forested watershed on the west side of the West Hills mostly in Washington County. Because much of the watershed has been converted to urban uses, storm water runoff has been adversely affected and flooding occurs throughout the creek corridors even during relatively small […]

Gilliam Attainable Housing Project

Gilliam County, like many communities in rural Oregon, faces an interconnected housing and jobs challenge that threatens the community’s long term survival. This project addressed the lack of adequate attainable housing, especially in the cities of Arlington and Condon. One of the project goals was to find strategies and implementation tools to increase attainable housing for […]

Southern Oregon Gorse Project

The Oregon Solutions Southern Oregon Gorse Project will lay the foundation for the mitigation of the highly flammable and invasive gorse plant in the Southern Oregon coast region. Gorse was responsible for fire that burned the entire city of Bandon in 1936 and notable subsequent fires in 1980, 1999, 2007, and 2015.   Gorse is […]

Jade Greening Project

During early 2016, Oregon Solutions interviewed stakeholders from a wide spectrum of interests to explore aspirations, concerns, and opportunities to address air quality issues. A need to raise awareness around environmental health disparities stemming from exposure to air toxins, lack of walk-ability and accessibility in the community of the Jade District in outer SE Portland was conveyed by […]

Gorge Food Security Coalition

The 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment identified food insecurity as one of the top social and economic needs in the region’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The Columbia Gorge Health Council (Coordinated Care Organization) and One Community Health, (the region’s Federally Qualified Health Center) conducted a survey in 2015 specific to food insecurity. With more […]

Springfield Manufactured Home Park Solutions Collaborative

The Oregon Solutions project brought together a team of public, private and civic partners to work toward innovative solutions to assist residents, owners and renters who are living in mobile homes in parks in substandard conditions or who face being evicted as a result of redevelopment pressures. The collaborative aimed to create a social service assistance […]

2016 Willamette Falls Locks Task Force

The 2016 Willamette Falls Navigation Canal and Locks Task Force was established through Senate Bill 131 (2015). Note that a subsequent project flowed from the task force’s work in 2018. You can learn about that project at our webpage for the 2018 Willamette Falls Locks Commission. The 2016 Willamette Falls Navigation Canal and Locks Task […]

Historic Columbia River Highway Collaborative

The Historic Columbia River Highway continues to grow in popularity as does the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in general. The Historic Highway and supporting infrastructure, including parking areas on the Historic Highway and on I-84 at Multnomah Falls, often reach capacity.  This Oregon Solutions project was designated by Governor Brown to identify solutions […]